Today's three links, randomly drawn from VoS (
Welcome to the new VoS. Started in 1994 as a
suite of static Web pages, VoS has now been rebuilt as a database that serves content
dynamically on the Web. Users gain greater flexibility in viewing
and searching, while editors are able to work more efficiently and
We've tried to maintain most of the original structure of the
site, which models the way the humanities are organized for research
and teaching as well as the way they are adapting to social,
cultural, and technological changes. But some shifts in organization
and navigation are necessary for technical reasons. (Navigating and
Important: the new VoS is still a work in progress, but we
have turned it on because it is already more functional than the
original site. There are still some mis-orderings of categories and
author names that we are fixing as we convert our legacy resources.
We've also temporarily removed as many of the broken links as we
could find and will restore them when we can (or find substitutes).
Some categories have thus been temporarily decimated. If Michel
Foucault wrote about The Order of Things, then VoS may be
said to be about "the ordering of things"the ceaseless
reconfiguration of humanities knowledge assisted by the new
technologies of dynamic information.
Currently, the site is best viewed in Internet Explorer 5+ and Netscape
6+. We are still working on full compatability with Netscape 4.x. Other
interface and usability improvements will be introduced in the future.
In a later implementation phase of the new VoS,
users who have signed up for accounts will have
additional editorial privileges allowing them to maintain/revise links
that they have contributed. There will also be group accounts that enable
classes, organizations, conferences, etc. to build subsets of VoS
resources that will appear both on the regular VoS pages and on a special
page set aside for the group (e.g., the "English 130," "History 186," or
"Conference 2001" VoS Resources Page). VoS will thus be an open platform
serving the needs of both general and specific communities of users.
(Contributions will be subject to editorial review by Alan Liu and VoS
editorial assistants to maintain overall quality, consistency, and sense
VoS is woven by Alan Liu of the U.
California, Santa Barbara, English Department with a team of
department graduate students and others. Robert Adlington and Jeremy
Douglass developed the SQL Server database and ASP and VB code for the
site (their creative ideas were instrumental to the project). Brian
Reynolds built the server machine for the database, integrated it with the
separate Web server, and oversaw networking. Bo Kinloch took the lead in
graphic design. And Andrea Fontenot, Christien Hoffpauir, and Jennifer
Jones assisted with editing and other tasks during the migration to the